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NCW operations
In a landmark development of significance to the national security, India’s first ever dedicated defence satellite, GSAT-7 also known as Rukmini, meant for the exclusive use of the Indian Navy has been fully integrated into the network centric operations designed to boost the defence and offensive capabilities in all their manifestations.
 
Radar network
In the age of ballistic missiles and supersonic fighters, the deployment of advance air intrusion warning systems have acquired greater relevance. Indian defence establishment is working on a plan to modernize country’s radar network to make its air space impregnable. But this is much behind the schedule. Though the rival neighboring countries
 
Military satellite
Since India’s geopolitical interests are growing in the Indian Ocean region, an official estimate of just one aspect of military satellite requirement-for the Indian Navy in its Indian Ocean Region assignment-was placed at between 80 and 100 by Director General of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) Dr Avinash Chander not very long
 
Air surveillance
Going by the speed of the induction one would never believe that Airborne Early Warning and Command Systems (AEW&CS) aircraft are a vital part of India’s air defence network. Because India was not getting them fast enough and in sufficient numbers it had to take resort to importing static aerostats that would plug the gaps in radar coverage of the Indian sub-continental periphery.
 
Unmanned warfare
Increased requirement of surveillance along the India-China and India-Pakistan borders besides huge coast line of 7000 kms and two major island territories on both the coasts has necessitated the acquisition of unmanned aerial surveillance vehicles for all the units of the Indian armed forces. Increased requirement of surveillance along the
 
Cyber war
Cyber security systems, including network centric warfare systems and platforms, are proving to be the main weapon of new generation and hi-tech battlefield that is swift, lethal and decisive. As the effort to dominate cyber space has increased tremendously in last five years, it is now a necessity that without access to timely situational awareness, the vital concept of 21st Century warfare may be lost much before it could even start.
 
Network warfare
Indian armed forces have validated its network centric warfare capabilities early last March with full spectrum use of its first ever dedicated military satellite G-SAT7 which coordinated seamlessly with all the 60 warships and 75 aircrafts from Indian Navy and Indian Air Force. This happened  during the Indian Navy’s annual TROPEX i.e. Theater level Operational readiness exercise which involved large scale maneuvers in
 
Guided munitions
Indian armed forces seriously felt the need for precision guided munitions during the Kargil conflict of 1999 during which Indian Air Force had to import Laser Guided Pods from Israel for its Mirage-2000 fighters on emergency basis. Only after the Mirage-2000s were equipped with the Laser Guided Pods, the Indian Air Force could change the
 
Space war
India, which began its space journey in a modest manner way back in November 1963 with the launch of a 9-kg sounding rocket from a launch facility in the fishing hamlet of Thumba on the outskirts of Thiruvananathapuram in Kerala, has now attained the capability to hoist a 2-tonne class satellite payload into the geostationary transfer orbit.
 
Information grid
In so far as the acquisition of state of the art and well equipped communication systems is concerned, the Indian Army appears to be a laggard in comparison to the two other services. For instance, the sturdy and versatile fibre optic based Air Force Network (AFNET) introduced by the Indian Air Force (IAF) would serve as a reliable platform on which air control and command systems would be developed to facilitate the link up of command bases, radars, missile batteries, air borne fighters and other resources.